Pig Ear Salmonella Outbreak: Handling Dog Treats Sickens Humans

Almost 150 people who have handled contaminated pig ear dog treats have Salmonella infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The pig ear Salmonella outbreak has grown to include 143 people in 35 states. That’s an increase of 16 illnesses since the CDC’s last update on July 31, 2019. Thirty-three people have now been hospitalized.

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The number of cases reported from each state is as follows:Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (3), Connecticut (1), Florida (3), Georgia (3), Hawaii (1), Illinois (10), Indiana (5), Iowa (23), Kansas (3), Kentucky (6), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (14), Minnesota (1), Missouri (7), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (3), New Mexico (1), New York (16), North Carolina (2), North Dakota (1), Ohio (8), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (7), South Carolina (2), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (4).

The case-patients, who range in age range from less than 1 year to 90 years old, reported onest-of-illness dates ranging from June 10, 2015 to July 30, 2019.


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Health officials have identified four serotypes of Salmonella involved in this outbreak: Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-, Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella London. Ninety of the 143 illnesses are resistant to treatment with antibiotics making those illnesses more difficult to treat and more vulnerable to the threat of serious complications.

Pig Ear Recalls

Several companies have issued recalls for pig ear dog treats including:

People who have purchased these treats for their pets should throw them away. No single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear dog treats accounts for all of the illnesses, according to federal health officials.

Salmonella Lawyers with Experience

Pritzker Hageman Salmonella lawyers have represented clients sickened in every major Salmonella outbreak for the last 20 years including previous outbreaks of human illness linked to dog food. In one recent outbreak, one of our clients was a young girl who developed a painful bone infection called osteomyelitis as a complication of her illness.

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